Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ultimate Reference Audio Visual Centre

Mrs.Lim to Hubby: When are you coming with
Uncle Vic to visit our new showroom?

Mr. Lim replied: How about tomorrow?

So Mr.Lim, Uncle Vic and Uncle Chew, on
a saturday afternoon, were at the showroom of
Ultimate Reference Audio Visual Centre!

Many readers are probably already aware of
this new audio and visual showroom at
10, Boulevard, Lebuhraya Spring 6A,
from reading the Hifi Unlimited blog.

The main reception area was comfortable
& with good lighting, as readers could see from
the picture above, it's a pleasing sight, and
the lighting was just about right for
available light photography!!!

In the main reception area, was setup a pair of Amphion
speakers driven by electronics from the Audionet.

Perhaps many true blooded audiophiles may like
such a setup in their homes! Looks cool doesn't it?

To 1 side of the main reception area were placed the
array of speakers from Marten, Adam and Amphion.
And on the other side housed various models of
pre amplifiers and main amplifiers from such names
as Audionet, Bladelius & Denon.

We moved on to the AV room, that could sit 5 persons at one time.
For the purpose of the illustration a strobe light was used
to photograph the interior.

A view of the interior of the AV room, shown clearly
are the acoustic side panels from Vicoustic's
"Innovative Acoustic Solution".
This is what Vicoustic's CEO have to say:
"Now it's possible to improve the way you listen to
your music, in an affordable & accessible way"!

This was the actual view (sans the photographic strobe lighting)
of what will greet visitors as they enter the AV room.
The soft & subtle lighting make for the mood
to watch a movie or two, doesn't it?

And this was what visitors will see during a movie screening,
the room was darken enough for a comfortable viewing!
And there we were being treated to a playback on DVD bluray.

All pictures: Taken with Olympus 4/3 system, E300 dslr,
zuiko digital 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

C's setup,Harbeth HL5 base system

Setup is made up a pair of Harbert HL5 and
a pair of stacked Yamaha subwoofers on each side!
Minus the equipment rack!

Source is from a Pioneer DVD 310, that other hifi
blogs have raved so much about. Cables used mostly
silver wires and Canares.

This is a multi subwoofer system, that one don't
find too often.

How does it sound? Same as what you would expect of a
Harbert HL5 but with the addition of the subwoofers.

Picture taken: Olympus 4/3 system, E620, OM Zuiko 28mm f2.8

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gold,Silver or Black?Using Rhymoi CD

In just a few years Cd/Lp music from china penetration to our market is very high.Normally they do like to "turbo charge” the music when mixing and this type of mixing really sound good on a dull system. One of the better recording music lable from China is Rhymoi Music. Later production from Rhymoi is improved and this is indeed a good news. But now I’m not try to rate which is the best recording company in china but does the premium that we pay for our gold disc really sound better than silver disc? What about black disc. Some say "Black Disc" sound black cd is not good for your health. Ahemmm.i mean for the cd player health.(I leave this to the engineer to answer this).

Different country pressing CD do sound different. Majority cd pressing from USA do sound better that any other parts of the world.
From left to right,A silver cd, Black cd, and at last the gold cd

I like to find few gold disc and normal silver disc but mainly different pressing either by country or record company. 
I have acquired the first version of Three Kingdom where the cd box and accompany book is longer and with a gold cd.
The 2nd version is a black cd with shorter cd box and booklet (Thanks bluesea for letting me this cd)
The third  is a silver compilation song CD.( Only 1 song is available for comparison).

The gold cd tends to balance the sound over the high and the black over the low. Silver cd is balance between them. String instrument is presented with more steely sound and bite when using gold cd

Black cd drum and bass instrument sound more substantial in weight.

Both black and silver image size is bigger and prominent/present. Where the gold is on it's own with a smaller image. (I'm not talking about mid imaging size)

So you may ask which one you like?

I can live with black and silver. If I have to choose , give me the silver any time.


1) Some say my system sound gauge with silver cd, so naturally silver come out as winner
2) The gold cd is an earlier pressing and should sound better.(Many people say the mould is in better shape)